Enters Max Scherzer, the latest ace in queens.
Finished The Mets and a three-time Cy Young winner Three-year deal worth $130 million Wednesday, the decade that broke baseball’s record for highest average salary and makes up an impressive 1-2 history over the New York tournament with Jacob Degrom.
Scherzer said he was convinced during a video call with Cohen last month that the second-year owner would do whatever it takes to build a winner in Flushing.
“You don’t hear that much from owners these days,” Scherzer said Wednesday. “When you hear that an owner wants to do what it takes to win, that obviously piqued my interest.”
Of course, Cohen put his wallet behind his words.
The 37-year-old Scherzer will earn $43.33 million a year, 20% higher than the previous figure, and the Yankees average bid of $36 million is Jerett Cole on his $324 million contract, signed nine years ahead of the 2020 season. Scherzer has the right to withdraw after the 2023 season and become a free agent again.
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The eight-time All-Star was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA last season with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him on July 30. He didn’t lose a game after May 30 and was as in control as ever in his first nine starts with Los Angeles, going 7-0 with a 0.78 ERA.
The right hand ran out of power after heavy use in the postseason, though. He was unable to start Game 6 of the NL Championship Series against Atlanta as planned due to arm fatigue. The Dodgers lost that game to end the series.
Scherzer said he took two weeks off before he resumed throwing the ball. He’s back on his regular offsesaon, he said his arm has turned a corner and he’s been feeling better for the past two weeks.
“I needed to find out where my arm was, and make sure there wasn’t any damage, and there wasn’t,” he said. “I just need the time. I overcooked my arms, and it worked beyond my ability to work and for what they were made for.”
“From a long-term point of view, a structural point of view, a health point of view, I’m ready to go.”
Scherzer hit 236 and walked 36 in 179 1/3 inning, averaging 94.4 mph with Fastball in the final season of a $210 million, seven-year contract that included $105 million in deferred money payable from 2022-28.
This deal will raise his career earnings to at least $370 million.
“Max is one of the best shooters of this or any other generation,” Cohen said. “It’s a great day for the New York Mets. It’s an even better day for our fans.”
Cohen said new general manager Billy Eppler and the team’s analytics department had calculated Scherzer’s value in the “neighbourhood” where his contract had expired.
“I might have added more to build the brand, but that’s how I got to the number,” he said.
Distinctive and frightening with a blue eye on the right side and a brown eye on the left – a condition known as Heterochromia Iridis – Scherzer is 190-97 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 major league seasons for Arizona (2008-09), Detroit (2010-14), Washington and the Dodgers .
Scherzer, who threw two no-hitters, lives in West Palm Beach, Florida, about an hour’s drive from the Mets’ spring training complex in Port St. Lucy. As his young daughters started school, this closeness played out in New York’s favour.
Scherzer won his first Cy Young award in 2013 with Detroit, then won two MVPs in 2016 and 17 with Washington. He placed third in this year’s National League poll behind Milwaukee Corbin Burns and Zach Wheeler of Philadelphia.
DeGrom won Cy Young in 2018 and 19, and Scherzer will be the seventh Cy Young winner to feature in the Mets – as well as Tom Glavine, Pedro Martinez, Bret Saberhagen, Johan Santana and Tom Seaver. That’s more than any other franchise, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Scherzer and DeGrom will be the seventh pair of teammates after multiple wins over Cy Youngs. Scherzer did it with Clayton Kershaw last season, and the Mets had the previous duo with Martinez Santana in 2008 and Martinez Glavin from 2005 to 2007.
Scherzer was also fellow Cy Young winners David Price, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Robbie Ray, Brandon Webb and Randy Johnson.
“I have been fortunate throughout my career to have great starting shooters by my side,” Scherzer said. “I know how powerful it is, to have men feast on them and watch the great shooters.”
DeGrom has not made the bid after July 7 this year due to a tight right forearm, and Scherzer said he called DeGrom to check his condition and inquire about the New York market before signing. They will headline a rotation that also includes Carlos Carrasco, Tiguan Walker and Taylor Miguel.
Noah Sendergaard, returning from Tommy John surgery, departs for $21 million, on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The Mets lost to left-hander Steven Matz, whose four-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $44 million has expired.
mets He also struck deals this week with midfielder Starling Mart ($78 million for four years). And the first player is Mark Kanha ($26.5 million over two years with club option). They also have a pending agreement with player Eduardo Escobar ($20 million over two years), on the condition that he be physically successful.
The Mets had the third-highest salary in baseball on August 31 with $196 million, trailing the Dodgers ($261 million) and the Yankees ($204 million), and could emerge as top spenders after their first full vacation under Cohen, who bought The team in November 2020 from the Welbon and Katz families in a deal that valued the Mets at a record $2.42 billion.
Scherzer does not receive a signing bonus with the Mets but is eligible for $1.15 million in performance bonuses each season under the deal — $100,000 to create an All-Star team, $200,000 to win a Cy Young or MVP award, and $150,000 to finish second in the Cy vote Young or MVP, $50,000 to finish in third place voting in Cy Young or MVP, $150,000 to win World Series MVP and $100,000 to win LCS MVP.
As baseball heads into a potential shutdown when the collective bargaining agreement expires Wednesday night, Scherzer is a member of the eight-player union sub-executive committee.
His agreement, like Cole’s, was negotiated by Agent Scott Borras.
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